high-quality blue light glasses are an investment you want to take good care of so they last as long as possible. After all, they protect you from harmful blue light rays, which can cause digital eye strain (headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, itchy eyes) and disrupt your sleep cycle.
If you properly maintain your blue light glasses, you’re taking that extra step to keep your eyes healthy and maintaining your overall physical health.
You might be thinking, “Well, I know how to clean my glasses! I just use my shirt or whatever cloth is lying around my house. It’s not that hard.” Even though those are common ways to clean glasses, blue light or otherwise, they can leave pesky smudges and actually make them look dirtier than they were before. There are much better ways to clean them and minimize the likelihood of scratching your lenses.
Warm Water and Dish Soap
Using warm water and dish soap is the most effective and safest way to clean dirt or smudges on your blue light blocking glasses. Keep in mind that very cold or very hot water could permanently damage your frames and lenses so make sure you only use warm or lukewarm water.
First, rinse your glasses with warm water. Then, put a dab of dish soap on each of your lenses and gently rub them in a circular motion with your fingers until there’s a decent amount of foam. Make sure to rub the soap all around the frame as well.
To get between all the crevices, use a cotton swab or a soft-bristled toothbrush (no hard bristles!). If you decide to use the soft-bristled toothbrush, try to avoid the lenses as much as possible.
Once you’re done washing your blue light glasses with soap, rinse off all the soap and make sure your lenses are clear. If not, wash them again using the same process.
If there are still tiny pieces of debris stuck in the crevices after you rinse your glasses, use a toothpick to gently and carefully remove the remaining debris.
To dry and polish your glasses, use a microfiber cloth on both lenses, nose pads and the entire frame.
Eyeglass cleaners consist of a liquid solution specially made for cleaning glasses. They’re cheap and easy to find (pharmacies, grocery stores, eyewear retailers, online shops) which makes them a great cleaning option, especially if you’re out and about running errands, going to an event, meeting friends at a restaurant etc.
If you have anti-reflective (AR) blue light glasses, make sure the cleaner you use is safe to use on AR coating by checking the label. If you use the wrong cleaner, you could permanently damage your lenses and you definitely don’t want that!
All you need to do is spray eyeglass cleaner all over your glasses. To wash away all the dirt and debris, make sure every part of the lens and frame is covered with the cleaner.
Take a microfiber cloth and rub it all over your blue light glasses in a circular motion to remove all of the cleaning solution and make sure they’re dry.
Following a Blue Light Glasses Care Routine
“Keeping an eye” on your glasses on a daily basis will help you keep them clean, prevent scratches and ensure they function for as long as possible. Check them every morning when you wake up or evening when you go to bed. If they get dirty throughout the day, clean them as soon as you get the chance.
In addition to cleaning them on a regular basis, using a protective glasses case will also ensure your blue light glasses’ longevity. Don’t just throw them on your bed, bathroom counter or desk, even if it’s a soft surface. You could accidentally scratch them, or worse, break them.
You should also clean what you use to clean your glasses. Microfiber cloths should we washed frequently, after all, they collect dirt, grease and debris that stay on your glasses. Depending on the type of microfiber cloth (check the label), you can wash them by hand or in your washing machine.
Cleaning your blue light glasses may seem simple, but there are a lot of things you need to consider. That being said, as long as you follow the steps above, your glasses will be sparkling clean, scratch-free and last a long time.